Fairfield is mourning the loss of former alderman and deputy mayor Mary Horder who has died at the age of 98.
Alderman Horder served on Fairfield Council from 1971-1974 and from 1977-1987. She served as deputy mayor in 1982.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said Alderman Horder served during a period of "unprecedented change" as the city transformed from a predominately rural town to suburbs in the 1970s and 80s.
"Our deepest sympathies go to Alderman Horder's family, including her children and grandchildren," Mr Carbone said.
"She was well known across both Fairfield and Parramatta for her tireless service to the community and local government."
Alderman Horder, who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her service to the community of western Sydney in 2013, worked as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Fairfield/Liverpool from 1964-67 and as secretary of the Cabramatta Community Centre from 1971-1984.
She was also the secretary of the Fairfield Community Resources Centre Committee during the 1970s and 1980s and president of Fairfield Homecare Service from 1978-1985. She was also a member of the Catholic Women's League and the National Trust of NSW's Parramatta branch.